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W. Douglas  Sprague

W. Douglas Sprague

Covington & Burling LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


As the former Chief of the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud section, Douglas Sprague is a trial lawyer focusing on Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations.

Mr. Sprague has more than 14 years of experience as a federal prosecutor. As Chief of the Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud section, he supervised more than 10 prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide range of white collar crimes, including securities fraud, health care fraud, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He previously served as Chief of the office’s White Collar Crime section and Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oakland.

In addition to his supervisory duties, Mr. Sprague maintained a full caseload of white collar prosecutions and investigations. He has tried 10 felony jury cases, including several multi-week complex white collar cases. Mr. Sprague also has argued several cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Sprague worked at law firms in Chicago and San Francisco, focusing on white collar criminal defense, commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

Publications
"Trends and Developments in Anti-Corruption Enforcement," Covington Advisory (Winter 2015), Co-Author

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